I am only recommending keyboards and products which I feel are the best for developing musicians, and that teachers will want to use. I am also including only those brands that I have come to trust over the years because of my knowledge of their business practices and/or their long-standing reputations for quality and good service.
PIANOS & SUPPLIES
Yamaha P-45 Digital Piano with graded hammer action fully weighted keys
The P-45 is the easiest-to-own, 88-note, weighted-keyboard digital piano that Yamaha offers!
This Yamaha P-45 Digital Piano has a basic set of features, ideal for the needs of the beginner piano student. Features GHS weighted action (heavier in the low end and lighter in the high end), Advanced Wave Memory Stereo Sampling, 64-note polyphony, Dual Mode and USB to HOST port.
Authentic to the touch
Yamaha's GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted action has heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, just like the hammers inside an acoustic piano. Great for the aspiring pianist, practicing on the GHS action builds the proper finger technique for when the time comes to perform on an acoustic piano. Plus the matte finish of the black keys are less slippery when playing for extended periods of time. (hs. this is the type of action that I like as both a teacher & as a performer and recommend for my students)
Tried and true, Yamaha's classic sound engine for realistic tone
AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sampling uses digital technology to record the sound of an acoustic piano. AWM Stereo Sampling creates a deeper, richer and more spacious sound by using pairs of waveforms (L and R) captured with two microphones. The P-45 uses AWM to play one sample per key at varying levels of volume and timbre.
Simple, single-button operation
Various P-45 settings can be changed with a single button. Hold down the "GRAND PIANO/FUNCTION" button and press the keyboard to change Voices, play demo sources, configure the metronome and more.
CASIO PX-160 Digital Piano with hammer-action keys
Casio PX-160. Casio’s proprietary sound source, “AiR” (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator) provides the grand piano sounds in the PX-160. Casio meticulously recorded the sound of a 9-foot concert grand at 4 dynamic levels. The AiR engine delivers this sound with seamless dynamics for a remarkably expressive and powerful performance. Damper Resonance is simulated by AiR for uncanny realism when the damper pedal is used.
The PX-160 utilizes Casio’s famous Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard. This action features new simulated Ebony and Ivory textured keys for an incredible feel and its three sensors capture the dynamics of a performance with unparalleled speed and accuracy. Casio’s proprietary Hammer Response feature takes into consideration the speed at which different sized hammers move inside an acoustic grand piano relative to the velocity the keys are played. This timing nuance provides the ultimate key-to-sound experience that is unmatched by the standard actions of other brands.
Grand Sound System
The chassis has been redesigned not only to provide a more elegant look but also to accommodate a new 8w x 8w speaker system, which delivers the PX-160’s remarkable sounds with the richness that they deserve. This speaker system is open to the front but also ported to the back, which provides remarkable sound when the PX-160 is placed against a wall. This also allows it to easily be used in a classroom or other environment where the sound will be projected towards the audience. Far superior to brands whose speaker systems are aimed mostly downward.
The PX-160 also features newly developed string ensemble sounds. These rich stereo strings sound wonderful by themselves or layered with the PX-160’s grand pianos, electric pianos, harpsichord and more. The electric pianos have also been updated providing some dynamic sounds derived from Casio’s award winning PX-5S stage piano. The PX-160 provides split and layer capability allowing you to play bass in your left hand and have two layered tones in your right. Duet mode allows the keyboard to be split into two equal ranges, so the student and teacher can use the piano simultaneously. A two track recorder can even record and playback your practice and performances. The optional CS-67 stand puts the PX-160 at the proper height and the optional SP-33 pedal system provides the same 3 pedal functionality as a grand piano.
For quiet listening, the PX-160 now has two headphone outputs which are located on the front of the instrument and for those who are performing with other amplification, the PX-160 also features 1/4" left and right line outputs on the rear panel. The PX-160 continues Casio’s tradition of providing “class compliant” USB connectivity on Privia digital pianos. This allows the PX-160 to be used with Mac or Windows computers without the need for downloading drivers. Class Compliant USB MIDI also allows the PX-160 to be used as a controller with the Apple iPad simply with the use of Apple’s Camera Connection Kit.
RECITAL PRO 88-KEY DIGITAL PIANO WITH HAMMER-ACTION KEYS by Alesis
RECITAL PRO 88. With powerful 20-watt built-in speakers and 128-note maximum note polyphony, Alesis Recital Pro Digital Piano delivers ultra-realistic sound with an authentic playing experience.
Recital Pro features 12 premium built-in realistic voices:
Acoustic Piano (Bright)
You can easily customize the voices by combining any two at once in Layer Mode for a full, rich tone by using the intuitive onboard controls and display screen. Voices can also be assigned to only the left or right hands in Split Mode. You can even add adjustable Modulation, Reverb and Chorus to further tailor your sound.
POWERFUL EDUCATIONAL FEATURES
The Alesis Recital Pro has an incredibly useful feature called "Lesson Mode." This feature divides the 88 keys into two zones with the same pitch and voice. This enables both the student and teacher to easily watch each other and play together without having to take turns or reach over one another. Recital Pro also features an easy “Record Mode” that enables you to record your playing and then critically listen back to your performance.
ALL THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS
The Recital Pro features a ¼” (6.35mm) headphone output which mutes the internal speakers for convenient, quiet private practice. In addition to a ¼” (6.35mm) sustain pedal input (pedal not included), Recital Pro also features stereo ¼” (6.35mm) outputs to connect to a recorder, mixer, amplifier or other sound system. Recital also features a USB-MIDI output for connecting to a computer and using educational software or virtual instrument plugins. Recital Pro can be powered using the included power supply or with 6 D cell batteries (not included).
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88 premium full-sized hammer-action keys with adjustable touch response
12 built-in premium voices with the ability to split or layer 2 voices simultaneously
20-watt speakers and 128-note max polyphony for realistic sound and playability
Lesson mode divides the keyboard into two zones with the same pitch and voice
Record mode enables you to record and then listen back to your performance
Built-in metronome can be easily adjusted from 30-280 beats per minute
Easily adjustable Modulation, Chorus, and Reverb FX; Pedal Resonance feature
Stereo ¼” (6.35mm) outputs for connecting to a mixer, amp, or other sound system
¼” (6.35mm) headphone output mutes the internal speakers for private practice
USB-MIDI output for use with educational software or virtual instrument plugins
Sustain input to connect standard ¼” (6.35mm) sustain pedal (not included)
Includes a power adapter or power with 6 D-cell Batteries (not included)
Includes return policy. (45 day return & 60 day price protection)
As of today, December 12, 2018, this is out of stock!
The fully adjustable On Stage KS7150 is a great choice for musicians who need support for large keyboards, heavy vintage electric pianos or DJ gear. The optional KSA7500 Universal 2nd Tier unit can be attached, making this a 2-tier stand.
Applications: Large-format Keyboard, Mixer and DJ
Weight Capacity: 230 lbs.
Height Adjustment: 26”-43”
Width Adjustment: 29”-43.5”
Construction: Welded and bolted
Other Features: Telescoping platform adds versatility and adjusts from 29”-43.5” wide.